I had the urge to share as I am so bummed out that I hoped typing this will help. Two days ago I took our 14 year old cat, Amelia to the vets as she has been losing weight. She had hyperthyroidism 3 years ago and we treated with a radioisotope (I131) and she did great and has bouncing around like a kitten for the years since. I was suspecting it was becoming a problem again. Our vet (who we love as she is phenomenal) examined her and made recommendations for a bevy of tests. Our cat has lost nearly 1 lb. in 3 months and although she is a big cat that is a lot. I feel bad that she lost that much--I should have realized as she sleeps on top of me at night. I know I've been crazy busy with the holidays and work (and we have her real sister too) but she is a sweet fur-ball. So we did the blood work and urine tests, an ultrasound of her intestines, biopsies, cytology, and a chest x-ray. The results came back and they found she has a urinary tract infection (she's NEVER had one before) and that she has lymphoma. Lymphoma! We lost our terrier to lymphoma this summer. I am so very sad and angry we are going through this again. I know some think they are just pets but we've had them since they were youngsters and they are family to us and we love them as such. The doctor said this type of lymphoma may respond to treatment so I am picking up her meds today. We are also doing a culture or her urine to see which antibiotic is best to use for the infection before we start with the steroids for the cancer. As long as she feels good I will treat her but I am so worried that if she doesn't we'll have to let her go to see her doggie sister, Emma in heaven. I cannot stand it and am so depressed. I also spent a small fortune (nearly $2,000) so far and that was not just lying around in the bank account--especially after Emma's vet costs. I will have to be on a very tight budget for a few months and will be praying a lot. Thanks for letting me go on about this.